Friday, June 15, 2012

Cajun Father's Day Menu

It's that time of year again to honor our fathers and show them how much we appreciate them. I am planning to prepare a Father's Day spread that consists mostly of my Dad's all time faves, plus a few of his new ones. He has requested that this year's Father's Day menu be an all seafood menu and being a seafood lover, myself, I am more than happy to oblige. And here is a recipe for one of his favorite desserts that I will be making. Sinfully good and worth the calories, cher! Enjoy!

Banana Split Pie

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large bananas, sliced
2 cans crushed pineapple, drained
2 quarts fresh strawberries, trimmed and sliced

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Chocolate syrup, if desired
Maraschino cherries

Combine the crumbs, butter, and sugar and press into an ungreased 13x9 inch baking dish. Chill for 1 hour.

In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla. Spread over crust and chill for 30 minutes. Layer with bananas, pineapple, and. strawberries.

In medium bowl beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add confectioner's sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Spread over fruit layer. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate syrup, and maraschino cherries. Chill until ready to serve. Serves 12 Fab! 

Father's Day Menu

(click on title to view recipe)

~ Entrees ~

Spicy Cajun Boiled Crabs w/ Tangy Hot Seafood Sauce

 Crawfish, Crab, and Shrimp Etouffee

~ Sides ~

Creole Boiled Crab Salad

6 hard boiled eggs, quartered
1 carton grape tomatoes
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
1 red onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 large head of romaine lettuce, washed and torn
1 lb. lump crab meat, peeled from boiled crabs

Place lettuce in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Layer with crab meat, onion, bell pepper, avocado, and tomatoes. Top with eggs.

Serve with my Jalapeno Ranch Dressing.

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
1 (1/4) cups, no-fat buttermilk 
3/4 cup light mayo
1 tsp. Creole mustard
2 tsp.'s white vinegar
2 tbs.'s  lime or lemon juice 
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tbs. fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
Salt to taste

Whisk ingredients together in the order given, in a mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator, for up to one week. Shake well before each use.


 And it wouldn't be Father's Day without preparing my Dad's favorite cake.

 I am sharing these at ~

Wishing all of you a fun and fabulous weekend and all of you wonderful Dads,  a very Happy Father's Day! Merci beaucoup for coming by!


Pam said...

I read my hubby your menu and he wants to know what time is dinner and how does he get there? It all sounds like quite a spread and perfect for your dad for Father's Day. I've made that dessert many times and know it's good! Ya'll have a great day!

drick perry said...

I'm coming over to your place - that is one bomb of a menu... lucky Dad...
everything looks and sounds just sinfully good Marguerite, esp love the jalapeño ranch dressing..On my...

Eddie Bluelights said...

Gosh, Marguerite, your dad is such a lucky fellow to have you as a daughter and you as a wonderful creator of divine 'grub'. Now I've sweet talked you, can I come? LOL.

Seriously have a great time with the family. I am expecting both our children over but I doubt whether they will give me a shrimp LOL

Kittie Howard said...

I'm drooling! I could dive into everything! But that pie is first up for Father's Day. Hub loves this type of dessert. Will go for the others later as I'm clearing out the fridge/freezer before we leave for Austria/Italy on the 29th. Prepared your chicken recipe last night. It is sinfully delicious! Thank you, thank you for a great bird recipe!

rosaria williams said...

Marguerite, this is the best luncheon menu for any father, and for any special occasion. You're the top!

cloudia charters said...

Makes me wish I was your daddy!

Have a GREAT Weekend!

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Linda Starr said...

the food looks delicious as always, but look at that pontoon boat, I so want to be there.

Big Dude said...

Wow, what a feast that would be.

Liza said...

I'm reading this at 7:15 a.m. and I want every one of those recipes for breakfast!

Gypsy Heart said...

Ok, I can be there tomorrow. I will wash dishes for my meal, ok?

Everything here sounds divine and there's never enough seafood for me.
You and your dad are both very fortunate!


sussah said...

I dare anyone to read through this and not get hungry! It's wonderful. I had forgotten about the fried green tomato po-boy. have a happy day, sp

California Girl said...

Marguerite, how many people attend one of these shindigs? How many days does it take to make all the food? Do you make it all yourself? How many do you feed?

I'd love to try preparing this for a party but need some backup.

Happy Daddy's Day to your daddy.

nanny said...

You cooked ALL of THAT? Wow....what a treat!!

nanny said...

Forgot to tell you, the Quesadillas were delicious!!! (of course)

kitchen flavours said...

Everything looks scrumptious! And your cake is fantastic, wish I could have a slice!

Mona said...

yummy glad to have Pinterest so I can add your awesome recipes to my good food board...your blog makes my mouth water...your family is so fortunate to have you..thanks for a wonderful menu...

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

You can NEVER go wrong with boiled crabs and I could go for some Banana Split Pie right now!

Debbie @ Easy Natural Food said...

What a fantastic line up of recipes! Love those mini crab cakes, and the crab salad looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon.

Pat Tillett said...

All these dishes look fantastic, but I'm opting for the first one. That pie looks so darn good! Hope you are doing well...